Preventing Mold

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As part of our commitment to provide a well-maintained building, we ask that you assist us in eliminating conditions in your apartment that may lead to moisture buildup. When moisture accumulates indoors mold may grow. Therefore, to prevent mold growth you must keep your apartment home and furnishings free from moisture buildup. Following these few simple steps will minimize moisture buildup in your apartment home and discourage the growth of mold.

Please send us a service request IMMEDIATELY to report:

  • Any evidence of water leak or excessive moisture in your apartment home, storage room, garage or any common area.
  • Any evidence of mold or mildew growth.
  • Any failure or malfunction with your heating/ventilation/air-conditioning system.
  • Any inoperable windows.

Properly ventilate and dehumidify your apartment home by:

  • Not running your air conditioning when doors and windows are open.
  • Keeping windows and doors closed in damp or rainy weather conditions.
  • Maintaining a general temperature of 68.5ºF – 70.0ºF (winter) and 74.0ºF - 80.0ºF (summer).
  • Not blocking or covering any heating/ventilation/air-conditioning supply diffusers and/or return grilles in your home.
  • Not covering your windows and/or doors with plastic.
  • Not using a humidifier or air filtration device in your home.

Maintain a clean environment and prevent moisture buildup in your apartment home generally by:

  • Regularly vacuuming and cleaning your home using household cleaners.
  • Cleaning your home more often if you own a pet.
  • Not allowing bird droppings to accumulate on windowsills, decks, patios, etc.
  • As soon as reasonably possible, wiping down and drying areas that might accumulate visible moisture, like countertops, windows, windowsills, cove molding and vent covers.
  • Limiting houseplants to a reasonable number. Not over-watering houseplants-and cleaning up spills immediately.

Prevent moisture buildup in your kitchen by:

  • Using the exhaust fans in your kitchen when cooking or while the dishwasher is on its “dry” cycle, and allowing the fan to run until all excess moisture has vented from the kitchen.

Prevent moisture buildup in your bathroom by:

  • Using any pre-installed fan when bathing/showering and allowing the fan to run until all excess moisture has vented from the bathroom.
  • Keeping the shower curtain inside the tub or fully closing the shower doors.
  • When finished bathing/showering, leaving the bathroom door open until all moisture on the mirrors and bathroom walls and tile surfaces has evaporated.
  • Hanging up your towels and bath mats so they will completely dry out.
  • Periodically cleaning and drying the walls around the bathtub and shower using a household cleaner.

Prevent moisture buildup in your laundry closet (if applicable) by:

  • Making sure that condensation does not form within the washer and dryer closet when washing clothes in warm or hot water and drying any condensation that does gather.
  • Ensuring that your dryer vent is properly connected and clear of any obstructions and cleaning the lint screen after every use.
  • Drying your laundry in an electrical dryer or outside rather than hanging laundry throughout your home to air-dry.

Prevent moisture buildup in your closets by:

  • Not overfilling closets or storage areas with clothes or other soft goods.
  • Not allowing damp or moist stacks of clothes or other cloth materials to lie in piles.
  • Leaving your closet doors ajar during the summer months.